With the Academy Awards ceremony coming up this Sunday, a new poll finds that the awards season, like so many other things in today’s world, has become politicized.
The survey by The Hollywood Reporter and National Research Group reveals big differences in how Hillary Clinton supporters and Donald Trump supporters feel about awards shows — and in particular, how they feel when those shows get political.
The survey “reveals that two-thirds of Trumpsters have turned off their TV sets because of an actor giving a political speech at the podium, compared to just 19 percent of Clinton voters,” THR reports.
THR adds: “Even if they don’t hit the off button, 44 percent of Trump voters find awards speeches ‘too political’ while Clinton supporters want more politics at the Academy Awards; 43 percent say they want winners to reference Trump’s temperament in their speeches (compared to 8 percent of Trump voters), 39 percent would like more discussion of women’s rights at the Oscars (8 percent for Trump voters) and 34 percent would like more talk about Trump’s seven-nation travel ban (7 percent for Trump voters).”
The report notes that 68% of Trump voters indicate they “dislike” political speeches at the Oscars, vs. only 23% of Clinton voters.
We encourage readers to click here to go to THR to see the full report, which features a breakdown of the survey results in a series of graphics — including which Best Picture nominees are favored by Trump voters vs. Clinton voters.